Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund teams play at score 2:1 in one of the most interesting clashes in the Champions League. The Citizens started with an emphatic 4-0 win over Sevilla in the first leg, while Dortmund prevailed 3-0 over Copenhagen.
The match at the Etihad Stadium started at a calm pace, and the expected home pressure definitely did not materialize. Both teams preferred to act cautiously in the first quarter of an hour of the meeting, and there were no dangers in front of the two goalkeepers.
It was only in the 15th minute that the “citizens” came to their first curious situation in front of the visitors’ goal. After a break from the right by Riyad Mahrez, the ball was crossed to Haaland, but just before the striker headed in, Zule intervened very neatly and knocked the leather ball in front of the Norwegian’s gaze.
The visitors responded almost immediately with a shot by Salih Ozkan, which was saved by Ederson.
Until the break, the two teams never managed to find the right way to the goal. The hosts’ rare attacks hardly ended with a dangerous shot at the visitors’ guard, while Borussia Dortmund’s players preferred not to take unnecessary risks and did not particularly threaten Ederson.
The first attack in the second half came at the expense of the hosts. Kevin de Bruyne received on the right flank, advanced a few meters and crossed to Erling Haaland, but the visitors’ keeper was careful and managed to intercept the pass and catch the ball.
In the 52nd minute, the guests from Dortmund created the cleanest situation since the beginning of the meeting. Marco Reus was brought behind the defense of the home team, chased the ball to the outline, where he feinted a defender of the “citizens” and with a technical shot looked for the far corner of the goal. However, the ball went past the left side post and went out.
The Manchester City team was penalized in the 56th minute after another wavering defensive performance. After a cross from a corner kick, the defense of the “citizens” did not line up properly and failed to clear the ball. The leather ball found its way to an unmarked Marco Reus on the left wing, who immediately crossed in front of Ederson. Jude Bellingham had positioned himself perfectly and managed to deflect the ball slightly to leave the home keeper helpless.
In the 66th minute, Erling Haaland got one of his rare opportunities in the match. The Norwegian was brought in from the right and shot from a small angle, but missed the frame of the goal.
LIVE MAN CITY – DORTMUND 2:1
0:1 Bellingham 56′, 1:1 Stones 80′, 2:1 Haaland 84
Champions League, 2nd round
Stadium: “Etihad”, Manchester
Manchester City: Ederson, Stones, Akanji, Ake, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodry, Gundogan, Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish
Head coach: Pep Guardiola
Borussia Dortmund: Meyer, Meunier, Sule, Hummels, Guerrero, Ozkan, Can, Bellingham, Reus, Modeste, Reina
Head coach: Edin Terzic